Illini Finish Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in 15th
March 17, 2013
Augusta, Ga. -The Illinois women's golf team concluded play at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon when the Illini signed off on their lowest round total of the tournament - 311 (+23). The Illini's third round total was eight strokes under their first round total (319) and a full 11 strokes less than their second round total of 322. However, despite shooting their best round of the weekend, the Fighting Illini did not move at all in the rankings and closed out the tournament in 15th place (952). Southern Mississippi (950), the 14th place team, also remained in its respective place throughout the final round to beat the Illini by a mere two strokes.
As one would expect with the lowest round score of the tournament, the Illini collectively posted nine birdies in the third round - the most they carded in any of the three rounds of the weekend at the Lady Jaguar Collegiate. Throughout the duration of the third round, the Illini stayed fairly consistent on the front and back nine holes, setting a dissimilar trend from the previous two rounds of the tournament. As a team, the Orange and Blue marked down three more bogeys on the front nine than they did on the back nine, but they also collectively carded three more birdies on the front nine holes than on the back nine. Five of the nine team's birdies in the third round came from junior Ember Schuldt and redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion.
Even though the Vanderbilt Commodores sat in first place throughout the first two rounds, it was the Boilermakers of Purdue who rang victorious when all was said and done in Augusta, Ga., at the Forest Hills Golf Club. Shooting their best round of the tournament on the final day, Purdue (876) was successful in overtaking the Commodores (877) by a sheer margin of one stroke. Finishing in third place, 11 strokes behind Vanderbilt, were the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (888), who did not quite shoot as well as they had in the second round, but, nonetheless, were still able to secure their hold on third place. The Texas Longhorns (899), who started the final round of play in a tie for seventh, were able to dig themselves out of a rut with a third round score of 290 to wind up with a solid fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five for the tournament is the none other than the host team, the Augusta State Lady Jaguars (906), who started the final round in fourth, but ended the tournament with their weakest round score of 307.
Illinois junior Ember Schuldt (222) finished up the tournament in much the same way she started it and ended up signing off on her lowest tournament total of the 2012-13 season. Her previous tournament-low of 228 came in the Besty Rawls Longhorn Invite back in late October, but with this tournament total of 222, Ember now holds the record for lowest tournament total of the season by any Illinois women's golfer. Furthermore, her total of 222 proved sufficient to land Schuldt in a four-way tie for ninth place, the first top 10 finish by an Illinois women's golfer in a tournament this season. Fighting Illini redshirt sophomore Samantha Postillion (236) matched Schuldt in the final round at the 74 stroke count, but her first round score of 85 held her from contention of the top 20 individuals. Teammates Pimploy Thirati (244), Jacqueline Calamaro (250), and Crystal Smith (263) comprised the remainder of the team's scorecard for the Orange and Blue.
Finishing up in the lead individually is Notre Dame's Ashley Armstrong (215), who was in a two-way tie for fourth prior to beginning the final round of the weekend. What's more, Boilermaker Paula Reto (217) succeeded in placing second, after shooting the best round of the tournament in the third round and signing off on a round score of 68 (-4). Before making the charge into second place during the final round, Reto had been in a two-way tie for 16th. Wrapping up the tournament in a tie for third place are Vanderbilt's Jenny Hahn (218) and Lady Jaguar Natalie Wille (218), who were in second and first place, respectively, before starting the third round on Sunday morning. Bertine Strauss (219) of Texas and Lindsey Weaver (220) of Notre Dame make up the fifth and sixth places of the weekend event, followed by a two-way tie for seventh at the 221 stroke mark between Boilermakers Laura Gonzalez and Margaux Vanmol. Close behind at the 222 total stroke mark is a four-way tie for ninth, which included Illinois' very own Ember Schuldt.
The Orange and Blue will pick up tournament play again on April 8-9 when they travel to Ponte Vedra, Fla. for the two-day Marsh Landing Invitational.